MESSENT, Charles

1911 - 1971

Charles Messent, was born at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, Suffolk on 1 March 1911, son of Malcolm Zacchaeus Messent (1869-25 December 1938), a quarter-master sergeant in the Royal Engineers based at the Fort, and his second wife Aimee Elizabeth née Hindes (22 April 1882-19 December 1960), who had married at Norwich the previous year. 42 year old Malcolm and 28 year old Aimee were still at the Fort in 1911, with two sons, 6 year old son Thomas who was born in Aberdeen, by his first wife Margaret Jane McKenzie, who married at Aberdeen on 30 April 1903 and baby Charles. Charles studied at the Regional College of Art in Manchester and privately in Alexandria, Egypt under Mohammed Seif al-Din Wanly (1906-1979). A founder member of the Manchester Art Group and exhibited widely, especially in the North of England, including Manchester City Art Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, New English Art Club and at the Paris Salon. He married at Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire in 1938, Eveline Higham (17 November 1905-19 March 1998) and in 1939 a 'drapery artist, mens wear' living at 69 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford, Manchester with his wife Eveline, a solicitor's clerk. They later lived at London Road, Friars Oak, Hassocks, Sussex and he died at Hillcrest, Batcombe Road, Leigh, Dorset on 30 September 1971.




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